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Duke or Rice

grashapa1grashapa1 Registered User Posts: 30 Junior Member
edited March 2008 in Rice University
I'm having trouble deciding between these two school.

I will be studying electrical engineering, but I am also interested in minoring in business. Can anyone help me out?
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Replies to: Duke or Rice

  • pedrossipedrossi - Posts: 230 Junior Member
    Duke is snobby. Rice is better.
    Rice >> Duke
  • RememberMe1990RememberMe1990 Registered User Posts: 877 Member
    I agree!!! (not really, but I like Rice better).
  • instanticedteainstanticedtea Registered User Posts: 122 Junior Member
    Well, this is the Rice forum...so obviously Rice. (plus Duke rejected me so I'm a little biased).
    But seriously- I would visit both if you have the means to do so. The 2 schools have very different environments- Rice is downtown, Duke is in the middle of a huge forest...among many more differences. We can't really help you decide.
  • grashapa1grashapa1 Registered User Posts: 30 Junior Member
    thanks for the help. i think i'm swaying more towards rice
  • ceebee63ceebee63 Registered User Posts: 599 Member
    Duke: think basketball craziness + frats/sororities + southern preppiness + good education, and if you actually care about this stuff, higher US News ranking
    Rice: think extremely nice, diverse group of people + no frats + res colleges + good education


    (P.S. Not saying I care about US News. I don't. At all.)
  • westsidewolf1989westsidewolf1989 Registered User Posts: 1,251 Senior Member
    yeah i got waitlisted by duke...but honestly i had rice ahead of duke before yesterday. just felt more comfortable when i was at rice than duke. duke has jack squat to do outside of campus, while Rice has the metropolis that is Houston. an owl days visit in less than a month should seal the deal on me coming to Rice next year.
  • westsidewolf1989westsidewolf1989 Registered User Posts: 1,251 Senior Member
    a basketball team that chokes and messes up people's brackets too haha. plus rice's baseball and football are better than duke's. (at least rice's football team won multiple games this past season and they have an all american).
  • hotasicehotasice Registered User Posts: 655 Member
    Duke has the edge over Rice in biomedical engineering (and the rest of the nation, at that) but Rice's electrical engineering department is phenomenal!

    Warning, however: I read in the Insider's Guide that the electrical engineering major at Rice is one of the most intense majors. Rice clearly is superior to Duke in electrical engineering.

    I really do think Rice > Duke. Durham is such a ghetto and rundown city full of racial tensions towards Duke; many students don't go off campus because it simply isn't safe, nice, or friendly. With Rice, in Houston, the possibilities are endless. Plus Rice's residential college system simply rocks :)
  • grashapa1grashapa1 Registered User Posts: 30 Junior Member
    Congrats, I'm 99% persuaded to attend Rice over Duke =D Thanks again everyone!
  • crs1909crs1909 Registered User Posts: 1,217 Senior Member
    http://grad-schools.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com/grad/eng/biomed

    Hopkins is #1 for graduate biomed engineering

    Duke is #4

    Rice is tied for #9
  • wobudongwobudong Registered User Posts: 407 Member
    Son graduated from Rice BioE. Daughter and son-in-law (also BioE) both Duke. For quality of undergraduate education, quality of life, location, and value, I would give the edge to Rice.
  • icy9ff8icy9ff8 - Posts: 1,605 Senior Member
    If you want opinions without justification, then I suggest Rice. There is not enough info. in your post to justify either school as the better university for you.
  • Tccc061990Tccc061990 Registered User Posts: 168 Junior Member
    i am in the same exact situation. rice gave me half tuition merit scholarship, so that's definitely working in their favor. what i'm a bit worried about is how prestigious it is and how well known it is by employers. like when they hear rice what do they think?
  • itsme12itsme12 Registered User Posts: 35 Junior Member
    tccc: if you are worried about how employers/grad schools look at rice, then worry no more. they know rice is a great undergrad institution that provides an amazing education. however, if you are interested how the average person views rice, then you will be less impressed. Depending on where you ask, you will get great responses (Wow! you must be really smart) to not so great ones (do you mean the food?)
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